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Summer at Dartmouth

Learn how Dartmouth students experience leadership-defining epiphanies and build unbreakable bonds during their summers on campus.

Summer at Dartmouth

Photo of people enjoying a free concert on the Dartmouth Green

The Green is the setting for the Hopkins Center for the Arts' free contagiously danceable concerts. Often preceded by dance lessons to encourage crowd participation, attendance often reaches 4,000 members of the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities at these summer music events.

Photo of students examining a hive frame at the Organic Farm

You can often find Dartmouth's Beekeping Association members at the Organic Farm, tending the hives, learning the basics of apiculture, conducting research, and collecting honey to sell at weekly summer farm stands.

Photo of students chatting at a summer farmer's market

The Hanover Chamber of Commerce hosts a weekly farmers market that transforms the Dartmouth Green into a must-attend event filled with fresh, locally-grown produce, meats, herbs, cheeses, flowers, plants, dairy, baked goods, and locally prepared foods. Lemonade and kettle corn is a student-favorite.

Summer Traditions

Summer at Dartmouth

Photo of a student and professor measuring out a cathedral floor plan in string at the BEMA

A smaller student body means that summer classes are able to move outside and work on projects that utilize the campus environment. Here, Assistant Professor of Art History, Nick Camerienghi and his students layout a gothic cathedral at the BEMA to demonstrate how medieval masons used simple tools and basic geometry to build soaring cathedrals. 

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Photo of students having class in front of Dartmouth Hall

Sophomore summer is a uniting experience. With your entire class on campus as the ONLY class on campus, you'll connect in a way that is reminiscent of First-Year Trips, bonding while seeing the stars from the golf course, enjoying classes you might not take during any other time in your academic experience, and getting a visit from your family during Sophomore Parents Weekend.

Photo of panelists at a New York Theater Workshop event

The New York Theater Workshop has been spending its summers in residency at Dartmouth for more than 25 years. Over the course of their three-week residency, six of their projects receive an intensive workshop, constructive feedback, a staged reading for the public, and the attention of a dramaturg, actors, and Dartmouth Theater students and faculty.